Oregon State defensive tackle Stephen Paea awaits the 2011 NFL Draft following his career-best effort as a senior.
In 2010, Paea logged 45 total tackles and 6.0 sacks. He produced 7.0 total sacks in the two previous seasons and was involved in 82 combined stops.
- Raw strength - set NFL Scouting Combine record with 49 reps of 225 pounds in the bench press
- Stout against the run
- Build for plugging the middle (6-foot-1 1/4, 303 pounds)
- Good initial burst
Regularly requires two blockers
Stout run stuffer
- Hustles to the ball carrier
- Great leverage
- Explosive tackler in short range
- Plays through pain and injury
- High level of effort
- Respected team leader
- Not much of a pass rusher
- Lacks lateral agility
- Doesn't disengage very well - needs to improve his hands
- Recovering from knee surgery in January
- Lacks system versatility - strictly a 4-3 tackle
Expected draft placement
Paea's raw strength and robust stature should make him a late first-round pick or early second-rounder in April's draft. He could draw interest as early as the Indianapolis Colts (No. 22), but we feel the Cleveland Browns (No. 37) could use their second-round choice on him if the team misses out on a prominent first-round option at the position.
About Cory J. Bonini
Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.
Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.
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